Silves in central Algarve is a city steeped in history and would suit all tastes. The first thing you notice on the approach is the magnificent castle standing with its unique red rock known to the district. Along with the main church sitting at the top, and the large city hall building. History takes Silves back to many ages yet little is known before the Arab occupation, Silves has a population of around 11,000.
It beggars belief what the city must have been like in its heyday, when Silves was the capital back in the 15th Century. The build-up of silt to the main river halted trade bringing it to a standstill. The river stayed that way until 2009 when work began to restore the river back to a working waterway, and now river trips are again possible. In summer month, well worth taking one of these trips up river towards Portimao.
Silves is easily a full day trip with so much to offer on entering the city. With views of the old bridge spanning across the river with parkways further along towards Monchique. The large indoor daily market found along the front, sells fresh fish to cheeses and cured meats etc.
Whilst you can stroll thought the many narrow street with the bars and restaurants along with the many shops mingled among them. The city has its resident storks that can be found nesting above your head in the many tall chimneys.
Further along are water features with marble statues depicting its history here is where the medieval fair is held every year. You can partake and dress in 15th Century style costumes to get a feel how it must have been. Offering jousting on horseback in an old style fort arena built each year for the occasion well worth watching. The city has many stalls selling mostly Moroccan gifts giving the spirit of the evening. It is one time a year when it brings Silves alive, held over a 10 day period in August.
Silves set in a basin
Cities main church at the top
Central Algarve’s best castle
Moors style marble statues
Early carved stone cross
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